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Broughton’s unique cinematic and poetic observations of the cosmic/comic human situation are reflected in this 1973 interview conducted by Charles Amirkhanian on the occasion of Broughton’s 60th birthday (November 10, 1973). Born in Modesto California, Broughton was one of the San Francisco poetry renaissance writers, and the maker of the prize-winning film, “The Bed”, among others. Broughton’s works are imbued with a sense of joy, magic, and childlike playfulness. In this program he...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Poetry, James Broughton

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This live broadcast from the very new KPFA building at 1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Berkeley, California aired nationally on NPR. It features the world premiere of Lou Harrison’s “Homage to Pacifica” (commissioned by the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation), a six movement, 45 minute composition for narrator, soloists, mixed chorus, and Javanese gamelan ensemble. An intermission feature presents a rare recording made in 1949, just after KPFA went on the air in which Henry Cowell...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, New Music, 20th Century Classical

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San Francisco based didjeridu musician and KPFA radio show host, Stephen Kent, presents a preview of OM 12: A Festival of New Music, which was scheduled to be held in December of 2006 in San Francisco. After playing works by Per Nørgård, Markus Stockhausen and Tara Bouman, all featured composers and musicians at OM 12, Kent is joined in the KPFA studios by composer Peter Sculthorpe. The Tasmanian born and Australian based composer had recently revised his String Quartet No. 16 to include...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, World Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music, Peter Sculthorpe

Charles Amirkhanian reviews a concert by the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble of avant-garde or experimental music, by mostly young English composers, which was held on March 21, 1974 and was to be repeated the next day. Works heard include an arrangement of an early 20th century waltz, a song based on a Chinese melody by Cornelius Cardew, and a rondo by Christopher Hobbs. Also heard are two pieces by Gavin Bryars, one inspired by the story of the Titanic, and another by a film of...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Avant-Garde, 20th Century Classical

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John Zorn and Larry Ochs join Charles Amirkhanian to discuss and play a selection of Zorn’s compositions. Among the pieces heard is an excerpt from “Spillane” in which Zorn tries to capture some of the film noir sensibility that imbues the Mickey Spillane novels and the gritty New York City in which they are based, and which Zorn calls home. This is followed by a couple of excerpts from Zorn’s collaborative improvisational work “Cobra” for which he created a number of general rules...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Jazz, Avant-Garde, John Zorn, Larry Ochs

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Charles Amirkhanian talks to noted pianist, Vladimir Pleshakov, about his interest in rare and forgotten pieces of music. Pleshakov describes his work with Orion Records to record and publish obscure work for the piano. Pleshakov also talks about his own experience as a young musician growing up in Shanghai, China and Sydney, Australia, as well as his current work as a student at Stanford University, piano teacher, and touring concert pianist. The two then introduces a number of recordings of...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Classical Music, 20th Century Classical, Vladimir Pleshakov

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Charles Amirkhanian and George Cleve talk with noted Maestro, Carlos Chávez, just before his appearance as conductor/musical director of the 1971 Cabrillo Music Festival in Aptos California. Chavez talks about his musical careers, as a composer, conductor, and founder of the Mexico City Symphony. He tells about the time he conducted a work by Varese in Mexico in 1924. And he talks about his work as music director of the Cabrillo Music Festival. This program, recorded during a live broadcast on...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, New Music, 20th Century Classical, Carlos Chavez

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Britain's John Storm Roberts, formally a writer with the East African Standard, a newspaper in Kenya, talks about the influence of African music in the Western Hemisphere, and the Caribbean in particular. Musical examples of a most unusual nature from his recently released Nonesuch Explorer Series record (H-72047) serve to illustrate his dialogue with Charles Amirkhanian. Mr. Roberts is also the author of Black Music of Two Worlds, published in September of 1972 by Praeger.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, World Music, African Music

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Charles Amirkhanian interviews the visiting New York composer whose Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra has been recorded for RCA, and whose larger works are finding their places in the repertories of major orchestras the country over. Lees discusses his childhood in San Francisco, and the fact that none of his works have been performed in the Bay Area. Included in the program are the first movement of his Piano Sonata No. 4 performed by Gary Graffman, Symphony No. 3 (1968) performed by...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Orchestral Music, 20th Century Classical, Benjamin Lees

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I've always enjoyed Eno's music and reading various interviews (in particular, the one in Wired a...

Charles Amirkhanian and Brian Eno discuss Phonetic Poetry, how Brian writes his lyrics, and the spirit of inquisitiveness at KPFA Radio on Saturday February 2, 1980. Listen to some of Brian Enos pieces; After the Heat, Everything Merges With the Night, Another Green World, Spirits Drifting and sections of other pieces. Brian Eno also discusses the artist Peter Schmidt and their work on the Oblique Strategies Cards, being a producer, Process vs Product and looping. Reel I ends with some thoughts...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, New Music, Popular Music, Brian Eno
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I've always enjoyed Eno's music and reading various interviews (in particular, the one in Wired a...

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In this December 1962 program from the KPFA archives, composers Ramón Sender and Robert Moran (then graduate students in composition at Mills College), talk with Will Ogdon and John Whiting of the KPFA staff. Also present was dancer Judith Wickware who had worked with Anne Halprin. The two composers discuss the role of aleatoric, or chance music, in their work.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, New Music, 20th Century Classical

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Specialists in New Music have long been associated with KPFA’s Music Department, be it John Rockwell, Alan Rich, Robert Erickson, Glen Glasow, or Charles Amirkhanian. But for intensity of production and richness of quality no term at KPFA was more productive than that of former Music Director Charles Shere who’s tenure at the station lasted from 1965 to 1967. Now the Music & Art critic for the Oakland Tribune, and a distinguished composer as well, Mr. Shere returns to the scene of his...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, New Music, Charles Shere

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In what was a preview for KPFA’s first concert in the Performer’s Choice Series, held in February of 1963, Loren Rush presents rehearsal out-takes of his group improvisation piece, “Mandala Music”. Joining him for a discussion of this aleatoric piece and its graphic score, is program host Will Ogdon, Glenn Glasow, and Phil Winsor. Will Ogdon’s attempts to understand this then new form of composition and score writing are illustrative of the challenges many music listeners had with...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, New Music, 20th Century Classical, Loren Rush

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A program dedicated to the marvelous glass instrument, the Cristal, invented by the Baschet brothers of Paris in 1956. Consisting of glass rods, the Cristal is played by rubbing the rods with wet fingers, the way one would a wine glass, the vibrations of which are then acoustically amplified through a series of metallic resonators Host Charles Amirkhanian is joined in the KPFA studios by David James, Jerry Kuderna, Peter Josheff and Annie Hallett, who play a number of pieces live as well as...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Unconventional Instruments, 20th Century Classical

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How does an instrumental composer make the transition into electronic music? Ed Dugger, composer and director of the UC Berkeley electronic music studio talks with Charles Amirkhanian about this, and also his music which you will be hearing.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, New Music, Ed Dugger

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On June 27, 1969, Richard Maxfield, 42, jumped out of a window of the Figueroa Hotel in Los Angeles, ending his tragically short life during which he became known as one of the earliest and foremost electronic music composers. Maxfield studied at U. C. Berkeley, performed concerts widely, and taught at the New School in New York City and then at the San Francisco State University in the late 1960s. In this program, Charles Amirkhanian plays a selection from Maxfield’s vast output, including...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Richard Maxfield

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The first in a series of programs produced by Peter Yates, highlighting the works of Harry Partch. This program begins with an excerpt from one of Partch's pieces followed by a 1960 interview of Partch by Peter Yates in which he discusses his career.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Microtonal Music, Unconventional Instruments, Harry Partch

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In a program originally recorded in May of 1963, Rolf Cahn and Phil Huffman talk to Texas bluesman Mance Lipscomb, about his life and music. He describes growing up as a Baptist in the South, the balance between singing and playing music, as well as the origins of many of his best known songs. Throughout the discussion, Lipscomb performs a number of both, famous and obscure, acoustic blues songs, often responding to requests by Huffman and Cahn, who sound as pleased as two cats in a fish pond...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Popular Music, Folk Music

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On February 10, 1986, as part of it’s fund raising marathon, KPFA dedicated an entire day of programming to the music of Frank Zappa, including this four hour long segment, during which Zappa joined Charles Amirkhanian, live in the studio to talk about his work and his fight against censorship, as well as to take part in an hour long panel discussion on gang violence and its relationship to rock music and Satanism. Although much of the time is taken up with pleas for money, Zappa manages to...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Popular Music, Frank Zappa

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A live recording of a musical reception held at 1750 Arch St. to welcome VPRO music director Han Reiziger (1934-2006) to KPFA where during a four month stint as a staff member, he produced numerous programs on Dutch musical life.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music, Han Reiziger

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Harry Partch discusses receiving notariety using a scale of 43 separate tones and original instruments with references to his "Genesis of a Music." There is a brief introduction to "Twelve Intrusions," this recording which is played by five musicians under Partch's direction. The pieces are: Study in an Ancient Phrygian Scale, Study in the Ancient Greek Enharmonic Scale, The Rose, The Crane, The Wind, The Waterfall, The Letter, The Street, Vanity, Lover, Soldiers/War/Another...
Topics: Interview and Music, Microtonal music, Unconventional Instruments, Harry Partch
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Henry Brant, born in 1913 in Montreal, surveys his music with Charles Amirkhanian. Brant has enlarged upon musical practices of Gabrielli and Ives to create spatial music. This music calls for the physical separation of different groups of musicians within the performance space who simultaneously perform wildly diverse music in and around the audience. Brant has experimented with unusual instruments some of which have been built specifically for his compositions. During this program you will...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, New Music, Unconventional Instruments, Henry Brant
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Recorded in 1974 by the Radio Nederland Transcription Service, a program about music and culture in the Netherlands. The program begins with a performance by, and interview with, Larry Weinstein, an American student at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort. Then, after a brief review of a book about how the theories of two 19th century American fringe scientists about the Earth being hollow and habitable on the inside influenced some of the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, the program...
Topics: Avant-garde, Interview and Music, 20th century classical

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A Live Concert of music by Ingram Marshall, recorded in the KPFK studio in Los Angeles. After a brief introduction by the composer we hear two short pieces of sound poetry followed by the longer work, Fragility Cycles.
Topics: KPFK-FM, Interview and Music, Sound Poetry, Ingram Marshall

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Taking questions directly from the audience and extrapolating from there, composer, saxophonist, Tzadik record label owner, and MacArthur Fellow John Zorn, talks about his work and the avant-garde music scene as he sees it. Joined by moderator Larry Ochs of the ROVA Saxopone Quartet and percussionist William Winant, Zorn discusses a number of topics including the use of texts in musical compositions; the influence of Judaism on his music; the process of composing 300 tunes in a matter of...
Topics: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music, Avant-Garde, Free Improvisation, John Zorn

Derk Richardson interviews Berkeley based composer and clarinetist, Ben Goldberg, on October 30, 2006 at the San Francisco Performance Library, as part of the Improv:21 series sponsored by ROVA Arts. Originally from Denver Colorado, Goldberg moved to California to study at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he received his undergraduate degree before also obtaining a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College. Goldberg was a student of Boston Symphony clarinetist and teacher...
Topics: ROVA, Improv:21, Free Improvisation, Interview and Music, Free Improvisation, Jazz, Ben Goldberg

Oliver Lake gives a crash course in his personal history and writing for many bands and performance situations. Derk Richardson interviewed the composer and sax player at San Francisco’s Thick House in October, 2005. [This is ROVA: Arts un-edited camera footage.]
Topics: ROVA, Improv:21, Oliver Lake, Derk Richardson, Interview and Music

Derk Richardson interviews Japanese-American koto player, composer, and performance artist Miya Masaoka during a live informance recorded on March 8, 2006 at the 21 Grand in Oakland Ca., After an aborted attempt to get the technology to work for her “Pieces for Plants”, in which electrodes pick up voltages from a number of plants, which are then used to trigger musical events, Masaoka instead performs an improvisation for koto and electronics. She then sits down with Richardson to discusses...
Topics: ROVA, Improv:21, Miya Masaoka, Derk Richardson, Interview and Music, Free Improvisation,...

The intersection between abstract art and improvised music is explored by composer, musician, and educator, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, in this program recorded on March 12, 2007, and produced by ROVA: Arts as part of their Improv 21 series of interview/performances with gifted composers specializing in various forms of improvisation. Smith, a talented jazz trumpeter, first began composing music at the age of 12, and has since gone on to develop a system for guided improvisation that he calls...
Topics: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music, Avant-Garde, Free Improvisation, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith

Moderator Derk Richarson facilitates a session with composer Cheryl Leonard, who talks about her work utilizing materials from nature as musical instruments, and performs several excerpts from longer pieces with her own chamber ensemble. Amplifying everything from pine cones, pieces of driftwood, rock, sand, water, and other natural objects, Leonard composes works that are surprisingly textured and full of unusual rhythms. During this program she talks about how she finds or builds her...
Topics: ROVA, Improv:21, Avant-Garde, Unconventional Instruments, Interview and Music, Cheryl Leonard

On September 14, 2005, Derk Richardson interviewed singer/violinist/composer Carla Kihlstedt at The Thick House in San Francisco. Kihlstedt studied music at Oberlin where her interests expanded from the classical repertoire to more improvisational and avant-garde music. In 1997 she co-founded the group Tin Hat Trio with Rob Burger and Mark Orton, and has also played with 2 Foot Yard and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. In this interview she speaks about her influences and her improvising concepts in...
Topics: ROVA, Improv:21, Free Improvisation, Interview and Music, Carla Kihlstedt

Larry Ochs of ROVA (Rova Saxophone Quartet) introduces an insightful interview of composer/improviser Fred Frith by Derk Richardson, conducted at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco on January 30, 2005. Frith discusses the role of improvisation in his music and the recording techniques he has used in the music studio to capture and manipulate those improvisations. He also describes his use of graphic scores, his work improvising film soundtracks, and the various tricks he has developed...
Topics: ROVA, Improv:21, Interview and Music, Free Improvisation, Jazz, Fred Frith

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A highly enjoyable,enlightening interview and musical jam. Nels is very self-effacing and...

Derk Richardson interviews Los Angeles based guitarist/improviser Nels Cline at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco on March, 26, 2005. Cline talks about his early influences, including John Coltrane, Ravi Shankar, Jimi Hendrix, and Miles Davis. As a guitar player, Cline discusses the difficulties he had in incorporating the instrument into jazz music, and his gradual discovery about the similarities between the sound of Coltrane’s tenor sax and his guitar playing. Cline then plays a...
Topics: ROVA, Nels Cline, Improv:21, Interview and Music, Free Improvisation, Jazz

A highly enjoyable,enlightening interview and musical jam. Nels is very self-effacing and...

Composer/percussionist/improviser Gino Robair gathers an improv-orchestra of 40 Bay Area improvisers to help him demonstrate his music and methods for his opera in progress called: I Norton Derk Richardson interviewed Robair at 21 Grand gallery in Oakland, on February 1, 2006. (This is Rova:Arts un-edited camera footage.)
Topics: ROVA, Improv:21, Free Improvisation, Interview and Music, Gino Robair

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Derk Richardson interviews members of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet at San Francisco’s Mission Cultural Center on June 5, 2005. They discuss the relationships of imagery to sound including the use of graphic notation in spontaneous compositions, as well as using film imagery to guide an improvisation. Konrad Steiner talks about the experimental films of Stan Brakhage, which have been used by members of ROVA as inspiration for some of their works. More like this available at radiOM
Topics: ROVA, Improv:21, Free Improvisation, Jazz, Interview and Music

Derk Richardson interviews New York based, master-saxophonist, Ned Rothenberg, who composes and performs on saxophones, clarinets, flute, and shakuhachi (an end blown Japanese bamboo flute). He has been internationally acclaimed for his solo music, which he has presented for the past 25 years in hundreds of concerts throughout North and South America, Europe, and Japan. In this Improv:21 event, recorded on February 15, 2006 at 21 Grand in Oakland, CA, Ned compares the dynamics of solo...
Topics: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music, Jazz, Free Improvisation, Ned Rothenberg

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Part lecture, part rehearsal, and part performance, this fascinating program provides a window into a system for the creation of improvised music by an ensemble or band, that it's designer, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, calls conduction. In his words conduction is: "A vocabulary of ideographic signs and gestures activated to modify or construct a real time musical arrangement of any notation or composition. Each sign and gesture transmits generative information and provides...
Topics: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music, Chamber Music, Free Improvisation, Lawrence Butch Morris

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Steve Reich and Jon Gibson stopped off at the KPFA studio after a rehearsal for a performance scheduled for the next day at the UC Berkeley’s Art Museum. The discussion centers around Reich’s very unusual music and you will hear an East Coast performance of his Four Organs as well as an exciting recording of Ghanian drumming which Reich recorded in Ghana. They also introduce the music of Philip Glass, playing a tape of his Music in Similar Motion. The program ends with a discussion about...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Minimalism, New Music, Steve Reich, John Gibson

Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Beth Anderson, and composer and conductor Victoria Bond about their upcoming participation in the 1974 Cabrillo Music Festival. Bond talks about the challenges facing women conductors in the classical music scene, as well as describing her piece “Caged” that was scheduled to be performed at the Festival. Anderson discusses her work “Joan” inspired by the story of Joan of Arc, and two other works that were also to be performed during the 1974...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Classical Music, 20th Century Classical, Beth Anderson, Victoria Bond

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From a program recorded in February of 1975, Charles Amirkhanian and Neil Rolnick interview the American composer, Hal Clark. Clark had just become the director of the new music studio at the Henie-Onstad Art Center in Norway. The studio was scheduled to open in May of 1975 and was to feature both electronic music, new music, ballet, and mixed media works. Clark describes the music scene in Norway in the early 1970s including its vibrant jazz scene, its single radio station, and the dearth of...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Jazz, Hal Clark

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Charles Shere talks to Philip Winsor about his work, Sound Study I, written at the San Francisco Tape Music Center, was followed two years later with his Sound Study II, produced at the Milan Studio. Together they try to sort the differences in achievement out of the similarities of means. A classic example of a classically trained composer (Shere) trying to get his head around the process of composing electronic music. (- from the KPFA Folio)
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Phil Winsor

At Stanford University on October 30, 1973, Inti-Illimani, a Chilean folk music group, performed in concert, just months after the military coup in Chile had led to the their exile as well as the death of their fellow folk singer and frequent collaborator, Victor Jara. Saved from a similar fate by the fact that they were on tour in Europe at the time of Pinochet’s violent take over, the group took this opportunity to offer a poignant tribute to Jara and other victims of the fascist regime....
Topics: World music, Interview and Music, Andes Region Folk songs, KPFA-FM

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In celebration of the 100th birthday of song writer Irving Berlin, a survey of songs by the author of such well known standards as “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, “Easter Parade”, “God Bless America”, and countless others. Born in Tyumen, Russia, on May 2, 1988, Berlin’s father was a Jewish cantor who brought the family to the U. S. in 1893. A printer’s error on his first published song resulted in a change of the family name from Baline to Berlin, and young Irving’s career was...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Popular Music, Motion Picture Music, Irving Berlin

In another segment from KPFA’s all day broadcast celebrating its 40th anniversary, Charles Amirkhanian introduces a program of unusual “airchecks” (recordings made during a live broadcast), saved by KPFA producers during strategic moments. You will thrill to the sounds of Bill Schechner, who later went on to a career with NBC News, reading headlines from the wire services on April 1, 1978, complete with impertinent asides; Kris Welch in a confrontational interview with Wayne Dyer, author...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Current Events, Folk Music

The all-day special broadcast celebrating KPFA’s 40th anniversary continues with a documentary about Elsa Knight Thompson. Throughout the 1960’s, KPFA Public Affairs Director Elsa Knight Thompson was an extraordinary and controversial programmer. Her experience with the BBC in London during World War II and in Washington D. C. at WCFM prepared her for a scintillating career as a radio journalist at KPFA, and her direct and incisive interviews of both left and right-wing figures were...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Current Events

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Dan McClosky interviews Little Milton, the well-known blues guitarist and soul singer. Little Milton got his musical education, as did many rhythm and blues artists of his age, in the black churches of the South. In this wide ranging interview he describes his humble beginnings and his early fascination with the guitar, as well as discussing the various blues musicians that influenced him. The interview is peppered with excerpts of many of the songs and performers mentioned, including those by...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Popular Music, Little Milton

Charles Amirkhanian talks with one of America's most distinguished composers, Lou Harrison, whose use of gamelan instruments and interest in other musics of the world helped bring an appreciation of Pacific and Asian music to the U.S. William Colvig has collaborated with Harrison for many years, building original and gamelan-inspired instruments. The program begins with Eric Marin's film documenting Harrison & Colvig, and continues with excerpts from Harrison's Piano Concerto (featuring...
Topics: Interview and Music, Unconventional Instruments, New Music
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews Manfred Eicher, the founder and director of ECM Records. Topics discussed include the influence of ECM, its unique sound, and the work of its best known artists, including Keith Jarrett, Arvo Pärt, and Jan Garbarek. The advantages of certain recording techniques and venues are also mentioned. This Interview was recorded in June, 1985 in Munich Germany.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Jazz, ECM Records, Manfred Eicher

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The Argentinian composer residing in Germany discusses his "Anagramme" for chorus and instruments, and is questioned after the music by Pauline Oliveros, Ramon Sender, and Will Ogdon. First broadcast on Wednesday 28 August 1963 on KPFA.
Topics: Avant-Garde, New Music, Interview and Music, Mauricio Kagel, KPFA-FM
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Charles Amirkhanian talks to Tom Marioni, director of the Museum of Conceptual Art in San Francisco. At the time of this recording Marioni had recently completed the recording of his piece "Drum Brushing" (1978) at ZBS Media in New York. This was given its West Coast premiere over KPFA. The piece, features Marioni doing seven drawings, overlaid on seven recording tracks in the studio mix. Also in this program, Marioni introduces one minute long audio works by visual artists originally...
Topics: Tom Marioni, KPFA, Museum of Conceptual Art San Francisco, Interview and Music, Modern Art, Sound...

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Gordon Spencer of WBAI in New York presents a program about Louis Hardin, more popularly known as Moondog. From the 1940s up until 1974 Moondog made his living as a street musician and poet in New York City and was typically found near the jazz clubs on 52nd Street. Blind since an accident when he was 16 years old, Moondog was always recognizable in his Viking helmet playing a variety of instruments, some of his own design. In this program Moondog talks about his interests, his influences and...
Topics: KPFA-FM, WBAI, Interview and Music, Jazz, Avant-Garde, Louis Hardin, Moondog

KPFA’s Charles Amirkhanian presents a preview of the compositions and composers featured during the 1991 Composer to Composer Festival, an international conference on New Music held at Telluride, Colorado, on July 11-14, 1991. Amirkhanian, who was co-director of the 1991 event, introduces selections highlighting many of the invited headliners, including, Eleanor Alberga, Louis Andriessen, Paul Dresher, Janice Giteck, Alicia Terzian, G. S. Sachdev, Pamela Z, Tom Ze, among others. (from KPFA...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, New Music, 20th Century Classical, Composer to Composer festival

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Han Reiziger, Music Director of VPRO Radio, in the Netherlands, presents a selection of mostly 20th century classical music, by a variety of Dutch composers. One of the jurors for the 1973 Grad Prix du Disque, Reiziger produced a number of shows for KPFA-FM as part of a cultural exchange program with VPRO, including this program recorded on November 11, 1974. In this show he plays a number of musical selections by Dutch composers, that were largely unknown and unavailable in the United States...
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Charles Amirkhanian plays a number of works by Canadian composers, many of whom were to be highlighted during the New Music America Festival to be held in Montreal, Canada in 1990. To get more information about this event Charles interviews composer and Festival director, Jean Piché over the phone. In the second half of the program Charles talks to Peter Garland and John Luther Adams who have both incorporated their interest in Native American cultures into their music, of which we hear a...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music

Charles Amirkhanian and Russ Jennings are joined in the KPFA studio by Frederic Rzewski, an American composer and performer, who has spent much of his adult life living in Rome and Brussels. Rzewski was a founding member of the radical, electronic, music group, Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV), and the composer of a famous set of piano variations based on Sergio Ortega protest song “El Pueblo Undio Jamas Sera Vencido”. He is known for both his remarkable virtuosity as a performer, improviser...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Frederic Rzewski

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Guitarist and composer Paul Dresher talks with Charles Amirkhanian and presents recordings of his music ranging from 1979 to 1986. Included will be a recent orchestral piece, excerpts from his chamber opera, “Slow Fire”, and the solo guitar work which first brought notice to the young Bay Area composer, “Liquid and Stellar Music”. (from KPFA Folio)
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In this brief interview with Charles Amirkhanian, recorded on Nov. 20, 1980, composer Charlemagne Palestine discusses how his early minimal drone works were a reaction to the dense compositional style of Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage, but have since evolved beyond basic minimalism to embrace a more complex sonority. He then goes on to give a description of his string piece for 11 performers, “Birth of a Sonority”, as well as his pieces for the Bösendorfer piano. Much of Palestine’s...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Charlemagne Palestine

Ron Erickson interviews musicologist Hans Moldenhauer, who with his wife Rosaleen, has published a book on Anton Webern. Moldenhauer has also collected a significant archive of documents, manuscripts, and musical scores that encompass the history of music from the Middle Ages through the 20th Century, including a vast amount of materials pertaining to Webern and Schoenberg. The program concludes with a performance of the Spring and Summer concertos from Darius Milhaud’s “Four Seasons”...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Hans Moldenhauer

Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Janice Giteck about her career and an upcoming concert with the SF Symphony. Ms. Giteck began her career as a Bay Area composer and teacher at UC Berkeley, and later became a member of the faculty at the Cornish Institute of the Arts in Seattle, WA., She was back in the Bay Area for the world premiere of her orchestral work Tree, which was to be played by members of the San Francisco Symphony under Edo de Waart on the New and Unusual Music series. (from...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, New Music, Chamber Music, Janice Giteck

Charles Amirkhanian interviews Dallas composer Jerry Hunt, who was scheduled to give a concert of live-electronic music soon after this program. The deviser of the enchantment procedure piece "Sur (Doctor) John Dee" will introduce live radio performances of his "Quaquaversal Transmission (Phalba overlay)," and Harmand Plane (reflex), as well as other selections such as "VOLTA (Kernal) In the middle of the interview with Hunt, electronic music composer Ivan Tcherepnin...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Jerry Hunt

Charles Amirkhanian talks with guests Joan La Barbara and Morton Subotnick. La Barbara is a composer working with extended vocal techniques. She was also the new music critic of the magazine Musical America, and she and Charles critique a recent concert by Philip Glass. Morton Subotnick is one of America's foremost electronic composers and teaches in the faulty of CalArts. He discusses his newest work "Ghost Pieces". The three also talk about the differences, or lack of them, between...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Joan LaBarbara,...

Charles Amirkhanian talks with composer John Adams in February 1990 about his music, including his two orchestral works, “The Wound-Dresser” and “Fearful Symmetries”. The composer of the opera “Nixon in China” also delivers a progress report on his next opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer”, as well as discussing his affinity for working with small orchestras, and other sundry topics. Born in Worcester, Mass on February 15, 1947, Adams celebrated his 43rd birthday the week of this...
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After listening to “In Woods for oboe, harp, and percussion” by American composer and pianist Leo Smit, Charles Amirkhanian then interviews the composer about his career and his relationship with other composers of the first half of the 20th century.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Leo Smit

Recorded on December 16, 1980, Charles Amirkhanian interviews musician, composer, and conductor Robert Hughes. Topics discussed include working with Laurie Anderson on the world premiere of her work "Born, Never Asked". Fans of Anderson's later popular albums will recognize many of the musical themes running through this piece. The recording of the piece, made on May 17, 1980, features Anderson performing with the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, an award winning group which was led...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, New Music, Performance Art, Robert Hughes

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Charles Amirkhanian commemorates the genocide of the Armenian People by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 with music by the Chancel Choir of Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church in Fresno California.
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This program contains a selection of Armenian music, including folk, popular and classical forms, presented by Hratch Nargizian, a native of Armenia SSR, now resident in the Bay Area. Included among recorded examples are selections from Vahe Hovsepian (dudek), Lucine Zakarian, Tatevik Hovhanesian, Sayat Nova Ensemble of Armenian Dance and Song, Maratook, Sassoonik Ethnic Orchestra, the Capella Choir of Armenia (Hovhaness Chekijian, conductor) and the Sharakan Ensemble of Ancient Music. Charles...
Topics: KPFA, Morning Concert series, Armenian music, World Music, Interview and Music

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Charles Amirkhanian talks to composer Benjamin Lees about his memories of living in Paris including playing chess with Marcel Duchamp and meeting other famous artists. We then hear the premier performance of Lees’ Concerto for brass choir and orchestra.
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Russ Jennings is joined by theatrical director R. G. Davis in a program dedicated to the various composers that worked with Bertolt Brecht. Davis describes the evolution of Brecht’s political philosophy and how that was reflected in the composers he chose to work with. Particular attention is paid to the period of 1927 to 1933 which saw Brecht’s most successful collaborations with Kurt Weill give way to the more Marxist influenced agitprop theater he created with Hanns Eisler. Davis also...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Opera, Music Theatre, Bertolt Brecht

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Lawrence Douglas "Butch" Morris The musician, arranger improviser and composer, discusses his system of "conduction," developing a language for improvisers, and his worldly influences. Music played during the program: "The New York Comprovisation"- A trio performance with Butch Morris (acoustic cornet), J.A. Deanne (trombone and electronics), and Wayne Horowitz (keyboards and electronics) live at the Kitchen 1987.
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Carl Stone of Los Angeles joins Charles Amirkhanian to talk about his music, including pieces that sample a songs by Whitney Houston (How will I know) and the Beach Boys (Fun, Fun, Fun). Also Nicolas Slonimsky pops in to talk about his career, much of it popularizing the music of Varese and other modern composers.
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Carolie Shoemaker, composer, vocalist, and performance artist, hails from Seattle, where she has made a significant reputation as an innovative personality on the new music scene. Charles Amirkhanian interviews the visiting musician, who introduces selections from her work, including Yo(u) Tarzan, Stitch in Time, and other pieces. (from KPFA Folio)
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, Popular Music, Jazz, Carolie Shumaker

Charles Hamm, noted historian and musicologist specializing in American music both serious and popular, visited KPFA in October 1980. In this program Hamm discusses developments in South African and American popular music with Charles Amirkhanian and Chris Strachwitz, illustrating his comments with many recorded examples. Hamm, who has been involved with the study of Zulu popular music in particular reports on what he discovered during a trip to Africa. In addition Hamm traces the manner in...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, Popular Music, World Music, Charles Hamm

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A program of avant-garde sound poetry and music by Charles Amirkhanian and Anthony Gnazzo, featuring a collection of their recent and past compositions. Interspersed among the formal pieces are bits of sound collage and Gnazzo's commentary on his career retrospective slide show. Also this morning Tony Gnazzo, who had recently announced his retirement from composing avant-garde music, and who has not been seen at a concert of new music for over fourteen months, presents his seminar on retirement...
Topics: KPFA, Morning Concert series, Sound Poetry, Interview and Music, Anthony Gnazzo

Charles Amirkhanian interviews the director of Opus One Records, composer Max Schubel, who was visiting the Bay Area while working on music for a film. Opus One specializes in unusual avant-garde music that is easily found in record stores since all the albums are printed in Fluorescent colors. Schubel talks about his upcoming issues and plays new test pressing of some of them.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music, Opus One...

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Composer James Tenney visits Charles Amirkhanian in the KPFA studio and introduces recorded performances of his unusual and very beautiful compositions. These include pieces of traditional chamber music as well as several electronic and tape works. In addition to his work as a composer, Tenney is also an academic, and was at the time of this recording on the faculty of UC at Santa Cruz. His students include Peter Garland, the composer and editor of Soundings magazine. Tenney was also a good...
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Born in Prague in 1921, composer Karel Husa won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1969, for his third String Quartet. On February 7, 1975 he was in Berkeley to attend a conference of college band directors and stopped by the KPFA studio to talk with KPFA Music Director Charles Amirkhanian and Charles Shere, music critic with the Oakland Tribune. The three of them discuss the phenomena of university bands and how they are a breeding ground for young and enthusiastic wind players, who should...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Karel Husa

Composer Conlon Nancarrow was born on October 27, 1912 in Texaskana, Arkansas and has lived in Mexico City since 1940. Richard Friedman speaks with him by telephone about his career, and introduces recent recordings of Nancarrow’s player piano music as well as works for live performers. Friedman also talks to Gordon Mumma who describes the early career of Nancarrow during which his music was largely unappreciated until Henry Cowell and John Cage took an interest in the composer’s studies...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, New Music, Conlon Nancarrow

From a recording made in May of 1991, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Paul Dresher about his theatrical production, “Pioneer”, which "celebrates and exposes American explorers and the myths of the pioneering spirit." Several songs from the production are also heard. The two also discuss the difficulties in portraying offensive attitudes such as racial bigotry and the history of American colonialism. In the second half of the program is Charles and Paul are joined by Gerald Oshita...
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Since it began publishing in 1982 the magazine, “Experimental Musical Instruments”, has exposed a growing readership to dozens of very unusual instruments and approaches to music-making. This bi-monthly 16 page newsletter also featured reviews of concerts, books, and records as well as an expanding letters section which acted as a forum for music enthusiasts. On the cover of the inaugural issue, editor Bart Hopkin states that “EMI is for people interested in new and unconventional musical...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Unconventional Instruments, Avant-Garde,...

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Charles Amirkhanian interviews British composer Gavin Bryars and plays a selection of his music during a pledge marathon week at KPFA. Bryars, born in Yorkshire in 1943, is one of a group of British experimental composers interested in minimal yet consonant music. He has composed for the theater and dance, as well as for the concert hall, and has written three full-length operas. In this program you will hear three excerpts of his work, including his “Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet” with...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Gavin Bryars

Charles Amirkhanian interviews Han Reiziger, Music Director of Radio VPRO in Holland, who produced a series of Morning Concerts for KPFA in 1974-75 during his exchange visit here. Reiziger introduces new recordings of Dutch music and comments on recent musical developments in Europe. (from KPFA Folio)
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Classical Music, Jazz

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This edition of The Morning Concert features Parisian composer Eliane Radigue. Host Charles Amirkhanian explores Radigue’s background as a student of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, her compositional technique involving synthesizers and tape recorders, and her life as a composer and Tibetan Buddhist. Radigue discusses the compositional and performing processes involved in her "combinatory" music, and explains how she has adapted to the lack of acceptance of her music in Paris....
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From a program recorded on January 25, 1990, Charles Amirkhanian interviews the Chinese American composer, baritone saxophonist, and political activist, Fred Ho about a scheduled performance of his ballet “A Song for Manong”. A Harvard educated sociologist turned composer, Fred Ho’s music has been heavily influenced by the music of John Coltrane and Charlie Mingus as well as the politics of the Black Panther Party and the plight of American immigrants. In this brief interview he talks to...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, Jazz, Fred Ho

From January 4, 1979, Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Phil Corner. Born April 10, 1933 in New York, Corner studied briefly with Olivier Messiaen in Paris in 1955, and in 1958, at the New School for Social Research, he attended John Cage’s class which also included such distinguished budding artists as Allan Kaprow, George Brecht, Dick Higgins, and others who would make their marks in the lively East Village scene of the 1960s. As a member of the faculty of Livingston College (Rutgers...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, New Music, Philip Corner

On September 29, 1979, Ivan Wyschnegradsky died in Paris at the age of 86. Only in the last two years of his life did he become widely recognized in Europe for his contributions to the repertoire. Since the early 1920s he had composed in various microtonal systems in an attempt to expand the possibilities of musical expression. Presented in this program is the first American broadcast of Wyschnegradsky’s early (1916-17) mystical work “La Journee de l’Existence”. The performance,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, Orchestral Classical, Microtonal music, Ivan...

From a recording made on February 4, 1988, Charles Amirkhanian talks with composer, performer, and video artist, Jack Briece about contemporary Finnish music. Works heard include compositions by Harri Wessman, Jarmo Sermilä, Paavo Heininen, Lepo Sumera, Usko Meriläinen, and other talented Finnish composers who’s works remain relatively unknown in the United States. Having become interested in the music of Finland he traveled to the country in 1985 and then again in 1987, after which he...
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer and improviser Jin Hi Kim (Jin Hi= Dragon Princess; Kim=Gold) who was born in Korea and has lived in San Francisco since 1980. Ms. Kim is the first performer on the ancient komungo to play experimental and improvised music. This silk stringed wooden zither, with 6 strings, 3 moveable bridges and 16 frets is plucked in a variety ways which produce startling and vigorous sounds. She trained at the Seoul Conservatory in both Western classical composition and...
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Composer John Adams, who was working on his opera, Nixon in China, talks with Charles Amirkhanian on the state of contemporary music. Interspersed in this free-ranging conversation are examples of music brought by both Adams and Amirkhanian to illustrate the topics discussed. Adams' composition, Harmonielehre, commissioned and recorded by the San Francisco Symphony under Edo de Waart, had just been released. The album received a nomination in the contemporary music category for a Grammy Award.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, New Music, Minimalism, John Adams

This three hour special "Marathon Mornings" program features Charles Amirkhanian interviewing John Adams on the occasion of his fortieth birthday. Along with an in-depth interview about his compositions, collaborators, and working as composer in residence with the San Francisco Symphony under Edo de Waart, Charles and Mr. Adams do some wonderful KPFA subscription plugs. The program features several shorter works, and full presentations of Mr. Adams' recordings with the SF Symphony of...
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One of the big hits of the 1980-81 San Francisco Symphony season was the world premiere of a work by Bay Area composer John Adams, a Harvard graduate now teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His settings of texts by John Donne (“Negative Love”) and Emily Dickinson (“Because I Could Not Stop For Death” & “Wild Nights” ) for chorus and full orchestra has set a new direction for the course of repetitive (or minimal) music, a style initiated by Steve Reich, Terry...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, New Music, Minimalism, John Adams

John Cage was undoubtedly the 20th Century composer who did the most to change the definition of the word “music”. In this program dedicated to Cage's work, which first broadcast on the composer's 65th birthday, Charles Amirkhanian presents a selection of his music which will attempt to dispel the popular notion that Cage’s philosophy of music is more interesting than the actual substance of his compositions. In the second half of the program Cage is heard answering a number of questions...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, New Music, John Cage

Charles Amirkhanian talks with the two great O's of the ‘90s, plunderphonicker John Oswald and deep listener Pauline Oliveros. Hailing from Toronto, Oswald has been astounding audiences with his technoripoffaudacities, which lately have landed him in trouble with Canadian record industry authorities. Oswald discusses why he uses other people's music to create his own. Pauline Oliveros lives in Kingston, New York, although her formative years were spent in the Bay Area. All through the days...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Avant-Garde, Popular Music, Pauline Oliveros,...

Take a journey through the vineyards of France to the honky-tonks of America. Charles Amirkhanian talks with Kermit Lynch, Berkeley California based, wine importer extraordinaire, on the subject of French wines and the adventures in finding them. Mr. Lynch has documented his experiences in the book, “Adventures on the Wine Route: A Winebuyer’s Tour of France”. This book, which reads like a prose fantasy in parts, is a most engaging compilation of stories on the subject, and it has...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, Popular Music, Kermit Lynch

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Amirkhanian talks with Swedish composer Lars Gunnar Bodin. The program includes a demonstration of computer mix-down technique.
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Charles Amirkhanian introduces composers Lars-Gunnar Bodin, director of the prestigious EMS (Institute for Electro-Acoustic Music in Sweden), and Bengt-Emil Johnson, one of Sweden’s leading poets and electronic music composers. Both were touring the United States to present their music in concert and on the radio. In this program surveying the scene in Swedish electronic and avant-garde music me hear a number of compositions, including "Nightchants I" by Johnson, and...
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Charles Amirkhanian celebrates the 88th birthday of American composer Leo Ornstein with a special concert devoted to his music. Born in Kremenchug Russia, on December 11, 1892, (or Dec. 2, 1893) he moved to the United States in 1907. His antics as a pianist, including his introducing to concert audiences around 1910 a brand of composing previously unknown, brought him a reputation as a fiery radical of the keyboard. His experiments in percussive sonorities and dissonance presaged those of...
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Charles Amirkhanian talks with composer Leonard Rodenman of Los Angeles about work as a composer of concert music and motion picture scores. Mr. Rosenman was one of four 1949 KPFA staff alumni present at the 40th anniversary banquet for the station on April 29, 1989, and promised this return trip so that we can hear both his music and his reminiscences as the first programmer to interview living composers on KPFA. His first program, with composer Roger Sessions, was heard during the early...
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Charles Amirkhanian talks live in the KPFA studio, with the famed British born, Muslim singer Najma, about her upcoming concerts in the Bay Area, including a scheduled appearance with Amirkhanian at the San Francisco Exploratorium as part of their Speaking of Music series. Najma discusses the form of the ghazal, or love song, which is very popular in India and Pakistan, and which has a long and distinguished history. Her recordings, available in this country on the Shanachie label (Qareeb,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, World Music, Najma Akhtar

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London based vocalist Najma's commercial recording, "Atish" (Shanachie Records), which means "Fire" in the Indian language Urdu, mixes ancient Persian love poems with jazz saxophone, bass, keyboards, tabla, violin, and layer upon layer of hauntingly beautiful vocals. Charles Amirkhanian speaks with the young world beat star and introduces selections from this compact disc, originally recorded for the English Triple Earth label. (- from the KPFA Folio)
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Geoff Smith and singer Nicola Walker Smith. Geoff Smith is one of the new breed of British composers, while Nicola is a singer of remarkable range who has made a career of performing contemporary art songs, many composed by young British composers such as Gavin Bryars, Michael Finnissy, and Geoff Smith, as well as John Cage. The pair have also experimented with more popular music, as is made evident in their reworking of a Yorkshire folk song “Thi...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, Art Songs, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic,...